Bush has kicked off a tour of several battle ground states. I am sure that he is giving the same little speech in every single small town that he stops in. In that speech, Bush is attempting to describe his Iraq and afagan actions as reasonable, necessary, prudent, pivotal part of doing his job.
I took those threats seriously. After September the 11th, we had to look at the threats in a new light. One of the lessons of September the 11th is we must deal with threats before they fully materialize.
The September the 11th commission concluded that our institutions of government had failed to imagine the horror of that day. After September the 11th, we cannot fail to imagine that a brutal tyrant, who hated America, who had ties to terror, had weapons of mass destruction and might use those weapons or share his deadly capability with terrorists was not a threat.
We looked at the intelligence.
We saw a threat. Members of the United States Congress from both political parties, including my opponent, looked at the intelligence and they saw a threat. We went to the United Nations, which unanimously demanded a full accounting of Saddam Hussein's weapons programs or face serious consequences. After 12 years of defiance, he refused to comply with the demands of the free world.
When he continued to deceive the weapons inspectors, I had a decision to make: to hope for the best and to trust the word of a madman and a tyrant, or remember the lessons of September the 11th and defend our country.
Given that choice, I will defend America every time.
Bush is attempting to banish form the minds of America any idea that he is hawkish, a liar, or Hilter like tyrant.
None of us will ever forget that week when one era ended and another one began. September the 14th, 2001, I stood in the ruins of the twin towers. It's a day that I will never forget.
I have a responsibility that goes on. I wake up every morning thinking about how to better protect our country. I will never relent in defending America, whatever it takes.
Of course the last line does not really help out his cause, of making him seem less warlike.
If this speech is as good as it sounds on paper, and gets any play time this could convince some people who might be leaning his way to completely punch out the paper hole.